About Havasu Falls
The phrase “Havasu Falls” is often referencing the actual waterfall called “Havasu Falls” and it’s also often referencing the area where all 5 of the Havasupai Waterfalls exist on the Havasupai Indian Reservation in the Grand Canyon. Havasu Falls itself, the waterfall, is arguably the most aesthetic of the 5 waterfalls at Havasupai. It is the third and middle waterfall from top to bottom, and provides the best swimming, cascades, shade, places to relax, and general amazing ambiance.
Havasu Falls is approximately 80 feet high, where the turquoise waters of Havasu Creek plunge from the travertine terraces above down to a large, idyllic pool of water below. From the pool below the waterfall, the water cascades down through a series of pools, each one a wonderful little swimming pool.
Getting To Havasu Falls
The short description is that Havasu Falls is not very easy to get to. It involves for most people a flight into Phoenix or Las Vegas, then a 3-5 hour drive, then a 10 mile hike. On top of that you have to have reservations before you go and either bring food and camping gear or have reservations at the Supai Lodge.
Below is a brief summary of how to get to Havasu Falls.
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Flights: To get to Havasupai, most people fly into Phoenix or Las Vegas. Either way you’ll still have to get to the trailhead, which is 3.5 hours from Las Vegas and 4.5 hours from Phoenix.
Driving to Trailhead: No one currently offers a shuttle service to Hilltop, the trailhead for Havasu Falls, so renting a vehicle or having your own is required. Read More…
Hiking to Havasu Falls: The hike to the Havasupai Campground is 10 miles on a relatively rugged, but not steep, trail. Read more…
Helicopter to Havasu Falls: It is an option on certain days to get a helicopter ride down to the village of Supai. From the village it’s still a 2 mile hike to the campground. Read more…
Campground Reservations: You are required to have camping or lodging reservations before coming down to Havasu Falls. Read more…
The Other Havasupai Waterfalls
Havasu Falls the waterfall is only 1 of 5 total waterfalls at Havasupai. The highest, Mooney Falls, is a very dramatic 200 feet high! The others are equally as dramatic in their own ways.
New Navajo Falls: The first waterfall as you hike down canyon from Supai is New Navajo Falls. It is a broad curtain of water plunging down to serene turquoise pools of water. It is roughly 60 feet high.
Fifty Foot Falls: The most accessible waterfall at Havasupai is Fifty Foot Falls. It is right off the trail and makes for excellent swimming, especially on a hot day on your hike down to the campground.
Havasu Falls: Havasu Falls, the area’s namesake, is the third waterfall and as mentioned above arguably the most aesthetic.
Mooney Falls: Mooney Falls is the highest waterfall at roughly 200 feet high. It is below the Havasupai campground and requires a dangerous and exciting cliff descent on chains, ladders, and bolts to reach the bottom.
Beaver Falls: Beaver Falls is the most remote waterfall and is 3.5 miles below the campground, or 3.5 miles above the Colorado River. The hike is adventurous and stunningly beautiful.
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